This landmark forum will bring together consumers, health system leaders, health professionals and policy-makers along with digital health researchers from the new National Health and Medical Research Council ( NHMRC) Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Interactive Digital Technology to Transform Australia’s Chronic Disease Outcomes and other (inter)national research institutions to identify technology solutions to some of our biggest health challenges in Australia, including diabetes, heart failure, musculoskeletal disorders, mental health and cancers.

The forum will identify:
Exemplars of how new technologies to improve outcomes for these health issues can be optimized and enhanced by data linkage and the interoperability of platforms and systems integration to improve their scalability and population impact.

  1. Frameworks, guidelines and policies that will enable the future uptake and effective adoption of safe and effective digital technologies by ALL Australians with chronic conditions, their carers and health professionals.

Friday, 6 March  2020

Northern Centre for Health Education and Research Hospital

The NHMRC CRE in Interactive Digital Technology to Transform Australia’s Chronic Disease Outcomes will also be formally launched during the forum.

Reducing the personal, societal and economic costs associated with chronic diseases is an urgent global challenge and a key priority for Australia’s health system. More than half of all Australians have a chronic condition and half of those have two or more chronic conditions.

Interactive Digital Technologies (iDT) that utilise intelligent mobile apps, chatbots, wearable devices, sensors, social media, interoperable data platforms, decision support for practitioners and smart delivery systems are vital for curtailing the rising burden of chronic diseases globally.
Challenges that can be addressed by iDT include inadequate access to resources and supports for chronic disease self-management, poorly coordinated care delivery and the lack of integrated and interoperable data and information systems for health consumers, providers and the health system.

Co-designed with end-users and stakeholders, our CRE for Interactive Digital Technology to Transform Australia’s Chronic Disease Outcomes will:
(1) optimise the user experience in order to significantly increase the impact and widespread use of iDT;
(2) enhance data linkage and the interoperability of platforms and systems integration to improve the utility and scalability of iDT; and
(3) produce frameworks and guidelines that enable uptake and adoption of safe and effective iDT by all Australians with chronic conditions and their carers, health practitioners, health services and NGOs.

Investment in this CRE program will create a national research capability in this emerging field of digital population health research and will generate evidence and methods that will significantly improve chronic disease outcomes for Australians now, and into the future. Our training program will also foster a new generation of expert digital population health researchers and will actively address the recognised gender imbalance in this field.